Sunday, 3 March 2013

Cambodia Medical Voluntour Pt8

JANUARY 19 Extra

I forgot to mention in my previous blog that when I woke up that morning, I was not alone.  In my bed with me were two gecko eggs that were not there the night before.  Mum took them to show people but before she got out the door she dropped and broke one and somehow lost the other one.

Now lets go forward 2 weeks to when we are home.  The suitcase is in the front entrance about to be put away when mum finds this little guy.  Ok so I start to freak.  Did the egg fall in my suitcase? Have we brought in an illegal animal to Australia.  I posted this on facebook and hunted on line for images that looked similar.  Thankfully he was a West Aussie Marbled Gecko.  Probably needed to cool off after the heat wave outside.
Woke up feeling not so good on this day.  I was definitely coming down with whatever it is that mum had but thankfully not the gastro that others had. I got up in time though to make sure I got some photos of the beautiful sun rise.  These are just a handful of what I took and it was hard to decide which ones to show you. I took them from the platform that Margaret had been sitting on the morning before with the view across the lake.  While I was waiting for more colour to come it was interesting watching the ants walk across the railing.  Quite often they would lift their back legs and end section in the air and looked like minute walking 90 degree rulers.

 This is the view behind me.  That brick wall is a raised section containing the pool and the building behind is the room I was in.
The pool
I love the film grain feature on my camera.  I loved this shot but it needed something else.  Dennytza showed up then and became my model.

 Breakfast at this place was really yummy.  This is Sopheavy trying out someones tube of Vegemite.  :)

The clinic for today was at a Buddhist temple and we were all outside.  Thankfully there were some trees to offer shade.  I was bursting for the toilet when we arrived and they directed me through the Temple itself.  I had to take my shoes off first though.  I enter the temple in my white socks.  It is a large temple.  They take me to the back rooms which are concrete and then through an area which I am sure needed shoes, until we came to the toilet.  I noted that there was a door to the outside right there and I didn't need to come through the Temple shoeless. By the time I got back to my shoes my socks were damp and muddy and felt wonderful. 

Already waiting
 Kids having fun
After having 5 Drs in Phom Penh two did not look much and we worked them hard.
Jess (my partner in crowd control) had been quite sick but was back on duty today. Thankfully though there were a few extra people as well which helped. This meant that both Jess and I could concentrate on certain areas. I chose the Chiro line and the Drs. The heat was making me light headed so I sat on a chair between the two when I wasn't taking people places.
I love my chiro line.  Despite not being able to communicate we had a blast.  It was my job to keep them in order of who arrived.  I sat them down on the round concrete "wall" surrounding a tree.  As I would walk them over, they would go to sit anywhere, so I made sure that they sat at the end of the queue.  With big arm motions I made it clear that they were to shuffle around when someone got up.  Sometimes they didn't all do this and there would be gaps in the line which some new comers would try to fill.  This is where the fun and games started.  Those already sitting there knew I wanted the newbie to go to the end of the line.  If I was otherwise engaged thought they wouldn't say anything.  They would wait to see if I noticed someone new.  If I looked at them a little too long or I started to come over,  the ones that had been in line for longer suddenly decided they had a job to do and would inform the newbie that there was a line and they had to go to the end of it.  This happened many times.  Some I would catch as they were about to sit and the whole line would get in on it.
My Chiro line

Most of the line would be watching Jen to see what she was doing.  I quite often heard Jen exclaim, "you've been watching," because they would know what position to get into almost without being asked.  All but one guy that is.  This guy in the next photo did his best to try and impress me.  He was constantly standing up, bending forwards and backwards as if I needed to see is flexibility.  If I walked passed him he pretended to box and do other arm exercises.  He was waiting for just over an hour when it was his turn.  I heard Jen say "You haven't been watching like the others."  Yeah I know why.

Jen and her magical fingers

Someone found the tiger balm

 This is so wrong, I am hot sweating and sticky and this little thing is walking around in winter clothes.  I mean it is their winter but still!!! 

Kate doing a great crowd control job

This little cutie tried to help Jen out when she was working on a family member of his.
Here he is being held to stop him from "helping"
This mother and older sister were at this girls head for ages picking out lice.  The hygiene team did not come to the Temple as they went elsewhere so no kids were getting the lice treatment.  I found a box that contained lice soap and handed them to her.  There is nothing worse than being itchy itchy itchy.

 Mum working on a wound.  Her poor translator got really embarrassed once because he had to ask an older woman if she was still getting her monthly, did she have discharge ... and so on.

After lunch I needed to get out of the heat a bit.  The sun was giving me a not so nice migraine so I went and sat in the quiet of the Temple. It was wall to wall, floor to ceiling of paintings.  I wish I could read Khmer because I would love to know the stories with each picture. 

Did I say the Temple was quiet?  These little guys were everywhere twittering all over the place.  watch the video and you will hear them.
It got even noisier when these to came in so I went back out.

 The crowd waiting to go through Triage etc

At the end of the day, because we were outside, it was harder to tell people we were finished.  Once triage closed up the people rushed other areas in the hopes we would still see them.  Unfortunately we just did not have enough time to get through everyone at this clinic.
Vicky and Margaret at the end of the day with people pushing from behind to get help while they were packing up.

 Another itchy head
 Maureen moving on gate crashers at the Drs Station.

Crammed in the van like the locals

Doing our washing.  Gotta love the clothes line.

Back at the Children's Village for dinner.  They always put on a great meal for us.


Joanne Huffman said...

It is so cool that you did this. And, as with your other posts, your pictures are wonderful.

BealcA's Pad said...

Kerin, these are awesome, God bless you and MUM.